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Poster: light into ashes Date: Apr 7, 2009 7:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Any thoughts on the 1968-01-20 Viola?

The 7-11-70 is a great one, such a shame about the sound quality.... No way Gans has the sbd of this one though, there was no sbd recording!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 11, 2009 12:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Any thoughts on the 1968-01-20 Viola?

took the time to listen to them both back to back, and I do now feel I can give the nod to 1-23; Jerry comes thru a tad crisper, and he and PP do some nice work coming up to the climax (17' mark now!)...1-20 is defn nice, but that's my call at the moment.

Will have to do it with headphones--I find I make much better assessments at the gym with all my attn on the sound and away from my "pain" (and the only gain occurring around my mid-section...hope you aren't reading this Miss D! Don't worry...it's not too bad yet).

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 11, 2009 1:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Any thoughts on the 1968-01-20 Viola?

I just got my Road Trips Carousel discs yesterday and wanted to make a point to say how spot-on Mr. Tell was about the enhance audio work they did making it well worth the purchase. I am absolutely digging this show, and this is from a guy who rarely listens to pre-'72 Dead.

One caveat or two: I do not like Jerry singing in the lower register as he does on tunes like China Cat and Dark Star, etc....his voice sounds so much sweeter and has so much more range when he went to the higher register. That being said the jamming is incredible and his youthful chops are so evident...it;s a pleasure to hear.

As for 1/20/ Viola vs. 1/23/68, I think the clear winner is 1/23/68 if only because the vocals are so much cleaner! They sound too close to the mic and all distorted on the 1/20 version....but the 1/23/68 especially is such a monster of jamming excellence I am left in awe.

I received 5/28/77 with this, and while I think that's great too (don't anyone tell me the 2nd set of that show doesn't kick ass--and yes, they sure as hell DO jam--just listen to the PITB)...I am very familiar w/that show already and am enjoying the 1968 discs more just b/c it's newer territoty to me.

Very exciting stuff!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 11, 2009 1:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Any thoughts on the 1968-01-20 Viola?

Hey GC--yeah, did you catch LiA's comments about the "key" for J's singing being lower above? I have no idea about such stuff, but makes sense...I have noted in the past times in the early era where he sings lower, and again, seemed to be trying to hard to achieve a sound if that makes sense...by late 68 he seems to just be "himself", IMHO.

Hope you continue to enjoy it!